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Tanglin Black Powder, an Award-Winning Gin

Platinum Awarded, Navy Strength

A cocktail in a Tom Collins glass on the back deck with a bottle of Tanglin Black Powder Gin beside it. Refreshing, cool, a sprig of rosemary to garnish.

At the height of the British Empire, the navy gave gin rations to sailors during long voyages. It was used for everything from drinking to cleaning to fighting disease. However, following the boom of gin distilling across the UK, naval officers became suspicious that they were receiving low-quality, low-proof booze from the British government. To be sure all was on the up and up, sailors would pour some of their rationed gin over gunpowder and set it on fire. The gunpowder would only ignite if the gin was at minimum 57% alcohol by volume -- and then the sailors could be sure they were getting the good stuff. No fire, and they would know the gin did not have the required "strength" and they were being cheated.

And that's how a gin that is at least 57% alcohol by volume became known as Navy Strength Gin. 

Tanglin's Black Powder Gin belongs to this category - named after the gunpowder used in navy ships as well as for its bold and bright flavors. It recently set off some fireworks of its own by taking home Platinum at the the world's largest and most prestigious spirits awards, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  A spirit can only earn Platinum it has been awarded Double Gold three years in a row. Tanglin Black Powder Gin joins just a small number of global gins who have been awarded Platinum.  Tanglin's other gins fared very well, too.  Orchid Gin was awarded gold and Singapore Gin, in its first outing, took home a Double Gold.

While not for the faint hearted, Tanglin's Black Powder Gin is delicious sipped over ice: with a bright and smooth opening which is followed up by a bittersweet herbal finish and a punch from Java pepper.

Here we're enjoying it paired very simply with Yuzu juice, soda water, and a sprig of fresh rosemary.

The Cloud 9

1.5 oz of Tanglin Black Powder Gin
.75 oz yuzu juice
soda water
sprig of rosemary


Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour gin and yuzu juice into the glass. Stir. Top off with soda water to taste and garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

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Spring Cocktails to Celebrate

Longer days, trees in bloom, and a warm breeze: Spring is here!

With it we're sharing these cocktails full of fresh, bright, spring flavors -- a great way to enjoy the tastes and aromas of the new season, and perfect for Spring occasions worth celebrating, both large and small. 

Whether that's spreading a blanket in the grass and sipping on an afternoon aperitif outdoors for the first time this year, or whether it's Passover dinner or Easter brunch, below are a few cocktails that are ready to meet the moment. 

These drinks feature interesting, harder-to-find spirits that offer fresh, herbal, and fruity tastes perfect for the warming weather palate.  Bonus: they'll help you enjoy all those delicious liqueurs on your home bar. (Or give you a reason to stock up if you're running low!) 

Orange cocktail in a coupe with a lemon wheel floating on top on a wood grain counter.


1 oz St. George Absinthe Verte
1 oz Green Chartreuse
1 oz Giffard Abricot du Roussillon liqueur
Fresh lemon for garnish


Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice for about a minute. Double strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a lemon slice or twist.




Pink colored cocktail in a coupe glass with floating blood orange slice on a wood grain backdrop. The name of the cocktail Citrus Bloom is at the bottom


1 oz Amazzoni Gin
.75 oz Saint Germain Elderflower Liqueur
.75 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1 oz blood fresh squeezed orange juice
chilled ginger ale
blood orange for garnish 


Combine gin, Saint Germain and the fresh squeezed juices into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until cold.  Double strain into a chilled glass, then top with desired amount of ginger ale and float a blood orange slice on top.


Yellow hued cocktail in a rocks glass with ice against a navy backdrop. Cocktail name is Lazy Sunday.Ingredients

1.5oz Tromba Tequila
1.5 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz cinnamon syrup*
.25 oz turmeric tea**
club soda
grapefruit to garnish



Combine first four ingredients into a metal shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled glass over ice, top with desire amount of club soda. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.



*make simple syrup with equal parts water and sugar, adding several cinnamon sticks to the mix. Let it steep 6 hours or more, strain out the solids and store in the refrigerator.

**boil 2 cups of water with 1 tsp ground turmeric powder. Simmer 10 minutes, strain and cool.

Lazy Sunday recipe by Anna Maceda of Portland's Campana restaurant, via Liquor.com
Yellow Parrot recipe via Punch

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Craft Spotlight Collection: Coffee Amaro Negroni with Mr Black Coffee Liqueur

Negronis. The darling of the cocktail world. So versatile: late brunch, afternoon drinks, after-dinner digestif, at home, at the bar... Somehow it fits every occasion and any time of day.

Well now there's a new negroni on the scene. 

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